Junkyard Find: 1977 Plymouth Volare

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1977 plymouth volare

The Volaré and its Dodge sibling, the Aspen, were perfectly competent cars for their time, (anectodally) more reliable than the Chevy Nova and Ford Maverick (and, later, the Fairmont) competition and, if you looked at them from the right angle, better looking. Still, they were never quite as beloved as the Dart/Valiant A-bodies that they replaced, and they have not aged well. In fact, most of them got crushed during the 1990s, so it’s not often that I see examples like this one in self-service wrecking yards.

Of course, the Volaré and its Detroit rivals were taking a beating during the gloom of the Malaise Era, with ever-rising fuel prices and the swelling market share of the Japanese automakers. Not long after this car was built, Chrysler had to seek out loan guarantees from the federal government.

We all know about Ricardo Montalban’s ads for the Cordoba, but we mustn’t forget that Sergio Franchi‘s ads for the Volaré were nearly as suave. This car had a “special” suspension!

This sporty coupe came with bucket seats, tape stripes, and two-tone paint.

And, for practicality’s sake, the extraordinarily reliable Slant Six.

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  • Johnvolare77 Johnvolare77 on Mar 30, 2013

    Wanna see? Dbags I'm an angry puppy

  • -Nate -Nate on Mar 31, 2013

    John ; No need for anger , some folks just don't get it ~ MoPar 'B'Bodies are light and agile , the slant 6 engine , even the wretched 170 CI one , is an engineering marvel now as it was in 1963 . Yes , I'm a Bowtie Guy (Chevy fanboi) but that doesn't take anything away from those wonderful old'B' series drivers . -Nate ('64 Barracuda lover)

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    • -Nate -Nate on Apr 01, 2013

      @Moparman426W A. You're preaching to The Choir here . B. I , personally , never , _EVER_ over rev. engines ~ not even borrowed ones , that'd be my Son , maybe some day the TTAC'ers who know him will share some stories , he's a seriously fast racer . When he was a Track Instructor @ Willow Springs , the yuppie Porsche dickwads hsated seeing his old VW Beetle race car 'cause all they ever saw was the taillights receding rapidly . -Nate

  • Buickman what about EMFs from riding on a giant battery?is there a vax for that?
  • ScarecrowRepair $1.2M at $1K per car is only 1200 cars, and if you spread that over 5 years, 240 cars per year, roughly one per work day and one more every weekend. Sell another every weekend for the interest. That seems plausible to me.
  • FreedMike There are the guys charging $20000 over sticker for a F150 Lightning. They won’t go broke.
  • CKNSLS Sierra SLT Some sales people I have met at Ford dealers don't appear smart enough to answer questions about EVs. They can't answer questions about payload, towing capacity and axle ratios when truck shopping.
  • Dukeisduke The E23 here is wearing steelies - so is it because it arrived at the yard wearing winter shoes, or because someone swapped the factory alloys for steelies (either before or after it arrived)?Fun fact - the turbocharged 745i was called the 745i because it used the 3.2l six with a turbo, and at the time, F1 was using a 1.4 multiplication factor for turbocharged engines to arrive at a computed displacement. So, 3,210 times 1.4, divided by 1,000 equals 4.5 (rounded up from 4.494). The 745i was way cool, with its big 7" round low beam headlights paired with the 5-3/4" high beams.